September 2, 2014

Tuesday Afternoon Thread: “Couldn’t Be Prouder That You’re My President”

(h/t TOD)

2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki, a 7th-grade English teacher in California’s Luther Burbank High School

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  • rikyrah

    12 things we could learn from Mitt Romney’s tax returns

    ……………….

    Below are 12 questions that Mitt Romney needs to answer by releasing his previous years’ tax returns.

    1: What was Romney’s tax rate in earlier years? Romney’s 2010 tax rate was 13.9%, but was it even lower in previous years?Romney Paid A 13.9 Percent Tax Rate In 2010 On $21.7 Million In Income. According to Bloomberg, Romney “earned $21.6 million in 2010 and paid 13.9 percent of that amount in income taxes, using the preferential rate on investment income and charitable deductions to pay a smaller share of his earnings than top wage earners typically do. The former private-equity executive and Massachusetts governor earned more than half of his income from capital gains and dividends, which are taxed at a top rate of 15 percent, rather than the 35 percent top rate for ordinary income. […] Romney’s income puts him near the very top of U.S. taxpayers.” [BusinessWeek, Bloomberg, 01/24/12]

    2: What other foreign bank accounts did Romney hold? As has been widely reported, Romney held accounts in Switzerland, Ireland, and the Grand Caymans. How many more are hidden in previous years’ returns?Romney Held Much More Funds in Foreign Accounts in Previous Years Than He Did in 2010 And 2011. According to Mitt Romney’s 2011 estimated taxes, he paid $67,173 in foreign taxes in 2010. However, he also discloses that in 2005, he paid $333,149 in foreign taxes; paid $276,386 in 2006; $275,288 in 2007; and $151,015 in 2008. [Romney 2011 Tax Estimate, page 81]

    Additionally: Romney failed to disclose IRS form TD-F 90-22. Holders of foreign bank accounts are required to complete this form and submit it separate from their tax returns. Romney opted not to disclose the form.

    http://www.americanbridgepac.org/2012/01/wire/research/memo-12-things-we-could-learn-from-previous-romney-tax-returns/

  • rikyrah

    Rick Scott’s sense of irony
    By Steve Benen – Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:17 PM EDT.

    Republican policymakers at the local, state, and federal level are targeting new restrictions in women’s health; congressional Republicans are balking at the Violence Against Women Act; and GOP leaders, including the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, won’t take a stand in support of fair-pay laws for women.

    Leave it to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to find a way to make matters worse.

    On April 17, smack in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $1.5 million for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. The Legislature allotted the funds to the organization in order to support 30 rape crisis centers as they face impending reductions in collections, which currently is the bulk of their budgets. [...]

    Jennifer Dritt, the executive director of the Florida Council, says she is “stunned” the funding was cut. She says the line-item was “new money” meant to ease the reduction in collections that rape crisis centers are facing.

    Keep in mind, this money was approved by the Republican-led state legislature, but was removed by Scott himself, taking advantage of his line-item veto power.

    The governor’s press secretary told the Huffington Post the state “already funds sexual violence programs, and nobody was able to make it clear to [Scott] why rape crisis centers needed the new funding.”

    Dritt responded by pointing to the waiting lists at rape crisis centers: “Survivors are having to wait weeks, sometimes six weeks, in some programs three months to be seen. We included quotes from the programs about the waiting lists and what services they weren’t able to offer because of a lack of money. There is clearly an unmet need.”

    That the Republican governor did this in the middle of Sexual Assault Awareness Month appears to be a coincidence.
    .

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/24/11373723-rick-scotts-sense-of-irony?lite

  • rikyrah

    24 Apr 2012 02:45 PM
    Corruption, Cameron, And The Murdochs

    It’s getting brutal, as emails reveal that the Cameron cabinet secretary, Jeremy Hunt, assigned to preside over the question of the Murdochs’ full take-over of BSkyB, was in constant contact with James Murdoch, to keep him up to date. Money quote:

    News Corp executives were even given private briefings on Mr Hunt’s confidential discussions with regulators and other media organisations. At one point, News Corp’s chief lobbyist emailed James Murdoch to say he had “managed to get some info” on what Jeremy Hunt would announce to Parliament the next day “although absolutely illegal!”. The same lobbyist suggested an agreed “plan” between News Corp and the Government would lead to “game over for the opposition”.

    Hunt should obviously resign ASAP. And today, for good measure, the former editor of the Independent, Simon Kelner, recounts the day Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks came to see him two years ago. Money quote:


    I sat on a sofa, Brooks perched on the arm of another sofa, and Murdoch walked and talked. He was excitable and angry. “You’ve impugned the reputation of my family,” he said at one point. He called me “a fucking fuckwit” and became furious at my bemusement that he should find our campaign so upsetting, given that one of his newspapers famously claimed that it did indeed decide elections.

    Brooks said very little, but, when her boss’s rage blew itself out, chipped in with: “We thought you were our friend”. Their use of language and the threatening nature of their approach came straight from the “Mafioso for Beginners” handbook.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/04/corruption-cameron-and-the-murdochs.html

  • Miranda

    ouch…..seems like there’s some other folks none to thrilled with ‘Girls’ huh?

    http://s3-ak.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/web05/2012/4/17/13/enhanced-buzz-26285-1334683665-8.jpg

    • gc

      When I saw a photo of the cast, I felt gut punched and I’m not AA. IT IS JUST WRONG.

    • JojoRaze

      Apparently a lot of people in the internet are saying that the girls are not relatable anyway and for the hype, that this is the “voice of this generation’s women” these chicks are too entitled to live. All of this would have been avoided if they had someone of color in the mix as a part of the main cast.

      • gc

        Has anyone seen Think Like A Man? Comments? My fav actress (from Person of Interest – Taraji P Hensen- has one of the leads).

        • rikyrah

          A Fellow Person of Interest fan?

          love that show.

          • gc

            It has become a top 10 show – so no danger of cancellation.

      • Miranda

        They messed up when they tried to play it as “voice of this generation’s women”. Nobody cares if you want to have a guilty pleasure show about melodramatic spoiled white girls and their issues – “Gossip Girl” does this very well. Nobody is trying to take is seriously, its a hostess cupcake show – taste good has no nutritional value whatsoever and you know that when you bite. The creators of “Girls” think they created a new version of “Sex and the City” and soooooo did not.

        • JojoRaze

          They messed up when they tried to play it as “voice of this generation’s women”. Nobody cares if you want to have a guilty pleasure show about melodramatic spoiled white girls and their issues – “Gossip Girl” does this very well. Nobody is trying to take is seriously, its a hostess cupcake show – taste good has no nutritional value whatsoever and you know that when you bite.

          All of this! They messed up because they wanted people to take the show seriously and analyze it like Mad Men. Mad Men’s erasure of black people and other minorities is understandable because it is set during segregation. Having 4 white girls living in BK in 2012, which is only 30% white, and claim their voices and lives represent all women of their generation, a generation that is blacker and browner than ever and expect people to take it seriously is malpractice and it deserves widespread ridicule. I could understand if these chicks lived in Manhattan, like Sex and the City, because that’s where most of the white people live in NYC, but this whitewashing in BK is too much.

          • Miranda

            Chile…if they had stuck this on the CW network – right before that awful new version of 90210 – they’d been ok. LOL – they tried to get fancy and tell us this was supposed to be some critically acclaimed show.

          • nellcote

            Even Mad Men now has an AA cast member.

          • conlakappa

            And has had black characters throughout the show, in time- and industry-contact-appropriate roles.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Dayum! #PhotoshopShade

      But all jokes aside, has anyone seen this show?

      • Town

        I think somebody knows the girl who created GIRLS and says that girl knows damn well there are black people in Brooklyn because they went to school together where there was a lot of diversity so for her to present this bleached New York was ridiculous.

        • JojoRaze

          That girl that knew Lena Dunham had a post about knowing Lena from Oberlin–you know, the college that was founded specifically integrated for former slaves and white people to go to school together–and she exposed Lena like no other. It was on Racialicious.

    • crazycanuck

      What is this about? I don’t get it

      • Guns3000

        I thought I was the only one. lol

    • rikyrah

      never seen the show and have no interest in seeing it.

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda – - –SCA-USE — THEM. – — -WAS this the 1950′s

      VERSION? –BBW[B4 "BLAH" Women??] — – -

      – –I’m – –BEYOND DISGUSTED!! geesh!

    • Guns3000

      Call me an idiot but is this real or fake lol?

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Awww! I think PBO blushed! :-)

    • GN

      I saw it too; so humble and modest!

  • GreenLadyHere

    Good Afternoon miranda. ***BIG HUG** :>)

    THAT LINE was –HUGE! :>) TEACH – —TEACHA!! :>) – - -

    – - – -***fist bump** 2 U! :>) – - –CONGRATULATIONS!! :>)

    Thank U miranda :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —DANG – — JOHN!! – - – -U CONTRIBUTED 2 THIS!! – —-

    – -John Edwards Called Mistress Rielle Hunter a ‘Crazy Slut,’ Says Witness- —

    – - -When John Edwards learned that Rielle Hunter was pregnant with his child, he reacted with disbelief – and a verbal swipe at his mistress, a witness testified Tuesday.

    “She’s a ‘crazy slut,’ ” former aide Andrew Young says Edwards told him.

    Testifying Tuesday in the second day of Edwards’s criminal trial in Greensboro, N.C., Young recalled delivering the news to Edwards in the summer of 2007 after Hunter called Young at home.

    - -Describing his phone conversation with Edwards, Young testified, “He was very concerned. He was angry.”

    During that call, Young testified that Edwards said, “There’s a one-in-three chance [the child] was his.”

    Young, who at one point claimed to be the father of Hunter’s child, is the government’s star witness in the case against Edwards. The former Democratic U.S. senator is charged with illegally using campaign contributions to cover up his affair with Hunter while he was running for president.

    Hunter, who shares parenting responsibilities with Edwards for their daughter Frances Quinn, is also expected to testify.
    THERE IS MORE – - -SLEAZE!!!

    Annnnd THEY have – - -IMMUNITY!! HAH!! :>)

    – — – - “TRUTH IS MARCHIN’ ON!” – - -LOL. – —

    U can STOP SMILIN’ –john!! – — — BRUSH yer HAIR B4 U — –go 2 JAIL. LOL

    • Town

      LOL

    • Aquagranny911

      I hope Edwards goes down so hard he bounces three times & bangs his sorry head on the ceiling!

      His treatment of his wife was so evil. She was a good decent woman. Sis & I met her way, way back when Edwards was first trying to be a contender. She came to Tucson to speak to a group of Democratic women. I will tell this…

      During the pre-breakfast before her speech that Sis & I were privileged to attend, Mrs Edwards spilled coffee all down the front of her blouse. She was embarrassed & said she needed to go buy another blouse before her talk. Her staff were scurrying trying to find the nearest mall. She said: “No, no just tell me where there is a Goodwill or thrift shop nearby.” Of course, Sis spoke up because she knows just about every thrift shop within 100 miles of Tucson.

      The result was Sis went with Mrs Edwards to find another blouse. Elizabeth Edwards gave an excellent talk in her recycled blouse and Sis & I were total admirers after that.

      John Edwards is a goatfigging piece of mutant slime mold!

      • Daltex82

        What a wonderful story.

        To this day I still get angry when I think about how selfish and arrogant Edwards was. His skeletons were about to blow the doors of the closet, yet he still thought he could be President. I mean did he really think the rethuglicans would not find out about Ms. Hunter! What a dolt, I shudder to think what would have happened had he gotten the Dem. nomination or if he had won the Presidency.

        • BoomerGal

          His moral compass may be questionable but I don’t think he broke the law. He just needed Kelly
          Washington! LOL!!

          “Judge ye not, lest ye be judged.”

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Aquagranny911. ***BIG HUG** :>)

        THANK U 4 THAT WONDERFUL MEMORY. :>)

        Errytime I think of her – - -I TEAR UP! – - -annnd I CALL HIM –

        BEYOND –DESPICABLE!!! — –

        I’m happy 4 erry bit of TORMENT that he is experiencing!! – –It cain’t B ENOUGH!!

        Annnd – - ALL the NAMES that U CALL HIM! LOL

        Good 2 C U. :>)

    • conlakappa

      Con.doms, John, look into it.

      Disqus is being Teh Evol and Teh Stank–I cannot write responses on my laptop, only the iPad. And I no longer receive notice of responses to what I have written so hi, big hugs, and “I know, right?” to you, GLH!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY conlakappa . LOL! ***BIG HUG** :>) – –LOL!

        THIS is 4 Disqus: —
        SAAAAAAA-LAP – -

        Hopefully – –this can B corrected – - – -soon. :>)

        U R 2 KIND!! :>) – - -THANK U. :>)

        Soooo good 2 C U conlakappa. :>) – -

  • Rhoda

    I haven’t watched Girls yet, I’m going to check it out soon but I’ve read the reviews and Alan Sepinwall at hitfix made a point that most of the women critics hated it and the men were fascinated by it. And reading the recaps/reviews of the show I can see why.

    These balls out feminists apparently don’t practice what they preach, are degraded by the men in their relationships (and the one who isn’t hates the guy), and are used by the men all while being whinny, bratty, and entitled over-educated hipsters. Oh, and the shows white, white, white.

    The best review I read called it a pale vision of How To Make It In America (which I loved); only less classy and whinny and really bratchy (bitchy/bratty-my word).

    So, some folks may see this generation like that. I don’t. I’ll reserve judgement on whether it’s funny or not until I watch it; but I can hear the problems with it and it’s not about color only but the sensibility of the show.

    As for that bitches comments about Precious; I don’t have anything I can say that’d be acceptable in any kind of company. Really, that’s where your mind went? You know, what I loved about Think Like A Man was seeing black people I recognized on screen. Normal folk with normal friendships and a normal romantic comedy story. How many films have we seen that could easily have had a black lead; but it didn’t. Why? I don’t know. But that movie and Scandal (my new fav show, Kerry has been rocking it) are what I’ve always wanted to see on tv. Hopefully, the uproar over Girls is happening because it’s becoming clear that the world is not white and white is not always right. A show in NYC without a black main character isn’t normal. It just isn’t. Meanwhile, I really wish they hadn’t canceled How to Make It In America. Season 3 was set up so well.

    • Miranda

      If the show is about the lives of 4 best friends, then I dont have a problem if they’re all of the same race – but their lives couldn’t possibly only include the same race, not living in NYC. Sex In The City had 4 white women as the leads, but from where they worked to where they played you saw diversity – that’s just life. From what I’ve read of the reviews for “Girls”, there are no other race of people in their universe period.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        According to the Racialicious article Rhoda mentioned, the only POC they were looking for were nannies, or a Black man to sleep with one of the characters.

        • Miranda

          Oh so they just wanted Mammy and Mandingo?

          figures.

        • conlakappa

          And somewhere in a rented Manhattan apartment, Blair Underwood is checking his voicemail…

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Atlanta bar owner posts signs calling President Obama the n-word

    By Kunbi Tinuoye

    ATLANTA – A metro Atlanta business owner has posted a controversial sign outside his bar and restaurant that uses a racial slur to refer to President Barack Obama.

    The billboard, in front of the Georgia Peach Oyster Bar in Paulding County, Georgia, uses the “n-word” to refer to the President. His attention-grabbing sign reads, “Do not support the ni**er in the White House.”

    Bar owner Patrick Lanzo said in an interview with Fox 5 News, that he’s been posting contentious signs outside his business for 26 years. Mr. Lanzo, who claims he is no racist, also said he has the right to practice freedom of speech.

    MORE: http://www.thegrio.com/local/atlanta/atlanta-bar-owner-post-signs-calling-president-obama-the-n-word.php

    • Aquagranny911

      STFU Lanzo! “Freedom of speech” only seems to apply to you hateful racists, never to us.

    • Miranda

      I don’t even know where Paulding County is – he’s somewhere where he can get away with this sign in front of his honkytonk joint.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Sepia – - – THIS is 4 – -Lanzo – - – -YO MAMA!! – —

      Brought 2 U by – –My 1st Amendment RIGHT!! — – HAH!

    • GN

      Blows my mind: how do you have a sign hanging in front of your establishment calling one of the brightest, most accomplished, and professional men in the country a “ni**er” yet claim to not be racist?

      • BoomerGal

        You can’t blame the man for being ignorant. He’s a puppet. He’s only doing what the puppetmasters tell him to do. The real racists hide behind fools like this who gladly do their dirty work (ALEC, Koch Bros., CEO of AT&T, Presidents of the Ivy League, etc.).

      • conlakappa

        All while having a name that ends in a vowel so his people have been white for, what, 5 minutes?

    • nellcote

      Where’s the taggers when you need them?

  • MonieTalks

    Harpo, who dis woman?

    Yes She Can: Mia Love Could Become the First Black Republican Congresswoman in History
    Tuesday Apr 24, 2012 – by Britni Danielle

    Mia Love is used to being different. The Brooklyn-born, daughter of Haitian parents is also a Mormon. The up-and-coming politician cinched the GOP nomination for Utah’s fourth congressional district over the weekend, and if she’s elected in November, Love would become the first black Republican Congresswoman in history.

    A product of working-class immigrant parents, Love says she’s the embodiment of the American Dream and hopes her presence in the not-so-diverse GOP will encourage others to give the party a second look.

    read more: http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2012/04/yes-she-can-mia-love-could-become-the-first-black-republican-congresswoman-in-history/

    • BoomerGal

      As long as the GOP ideology remains the same she can forget “others” takin a second look.

    • rikyrah

      she’s a black republican in UTAH.

      doesn’t that tell you everything you need to know about her?

      • Guns3000

        that’s not nice…..lol……give her a chance

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Mia Love = Wannabe

      And a major SEOD to Clutch Magazine for using PBO’s slogan to feature Love and her house negroism.

    • Camille

      They have been trying to prep and push her to the fore since 2008 as what do you know? A black, mormon republican – but she never really caught on outside Utah.

      And even in Utah, she remains merely a symbol of white/mormon narcissistic self-congratulatory exploitism with a very insidious twist.

      It’s weird Utah’s way of saying, “see we sometimes let our one black rise some….when it serves our very sinister and self-serving purposes.”

      How could they possibly go wrong in their effort to “normalize” Mitt Romney and mormonism by parading an obviously shallow, flimsy, unqualified, silly “black republican mormon” woman who suddenly in 2008 becomes “first black mayor in Utah” in some random town of roughly 1000 people (includes the kids by the way!)

      She was (wink, wink) “elected” mayor of Saratoga Springs Utah in 2008 (setting up their narrative of we aren’t racist, see have our own pitifully contrived version of a black something).

      Saratoga springs:
      “…As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,003 people, 271 households, and 249 families residing in the town. The population density was 98.2 people per square mile (37.9/km²). There were 301 housing units at an average density of 29.5 per square mile (11.4/km²)…”

      She is married to a white mormon dude and seems suspiciously like someone who was abducted and seriously brainwashed. She seems to have grown to love her abductors and just like Jaycee Duggard, has birth 3 children.

      In return for having assimilated well and successfully completing the reprogramming required she has been rewarded with treats including serving in bit parts as part of the mormon diversion unit working to mainstream mormonism on behalf of Mitt Romney.

      Mia Love was born in Haiti. She graduated from the University of Hartford in fine arts! Fine fucking arts!

      “…Mia Love is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and participated in the “I’m A Mormon” campaign on YouTube…”

      She and her husband have three children. In her spare time Mia is an avid runner, tread trainer, and accomplished singer and dancer…”

      “…Mia Love favors eliminating the Department of Education and the Department of Energy, and favors returning health care to the states.
      Love said that she favors “fiscal discipline, limited government, and personal responsibility…”

      Love is pro-life, and supports domestic energy exploration, local control of education, Second Amendment rights, and state control of public lands.

      She has said that if elected to Congress, she would “join the Congressional Black Caucus and try to take that thing apart from the inside out” and has described the Caucus as “”It’s demagoguery. They sit there and ignite emotions and ignite racism when there isn’t, They use their positions to instill fear. Hope and change is turned into fear and blame. Fear that everybody is going lose everything and blaming Congress for everything instead of taking responsibility…”

      LOL!

      A poster child for Stockholm Syndrome!

      The reprogramming appears to have worked on this way below average woman with a serious case of self-loathing, a massive inferiority complex and incurable bout of delusion.

      They have to settle for this type of black woman. No intelligent, self-respecting black person will willingly subject themselves to this farce.

  • Miranda

    Low down dirty mongrels

    Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals

    Hospital patients waiting in the emergency room or convalescing after surgery could find themselves confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside.

    One of the nation’s largest medical debt-collection companies is under fire in Minnesota for having placed its employees in emergency rooms and other departments at two hospitals and demanding that patients pay before receiving treatment, according to documents released Tuesday by the Minnesota attorney general. The documents say the company also used patient health records to wrangle for more money on overdue bills.

    more here
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/business/debt-collector-is-faulted-for-tough-tactics-in-hospitals.html?_r=2&hp

  • MonieTalks

    Analysis: State attorneys general: New Republican power

    By Joan Biskupic

    Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:02am EDT

    (Reuters) – In the ornate Chinese Ballroom of Washington’s Mayflower Hotel, nine Republican state attorneys general gathered last month at a long, white-cloth covered table for an unusual news conference. One by one, as TV news cameras rolled, they catalogued their many lawsuits against President Barack Obama’s administration.

    When it came to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s turn, he said, “We have eight lawsuits.” One of those, defending Arizona’s new law requiring police officers to check the papers of anyone they suspect is in the U.S. illegally, will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

    …..The ranks of Republican attorneys general have swelled dramatically in the last decade, resulting in a nearly even nationwide partisan split that is unprecedented in modern history. Republican attorneys general now number 24 of the 50 state attorneys general, compared with just 12 as recently as 2000.

    While it is not uncommon for attorneys general to try to use the courts to advance the priorities of their own political party, lawyers on both sides say the newer crop of Republicans – particularly the core nine who organized the Mayflower news conference – are more tightly coordinated and often more vocal about their political goals than Republican attorneys general have been in the past.

    read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/24/us-usa-immigration-attorneys-idUSBRE83N05N20120424

    • GN

      smdh. Dem Attorneys General band together to investigate financial crimes, to give force to foreclosure settlements, etc. GOP counterparts collude to file nuisance and harrassment lawsuits against PBO. Striking, telling, and why 2010 mattered (sending another FU to the professional left spoilers).

    • Miranda

      “the Mayflower news conference”
      ______________________

      heh………appropriate for a variety of reasons.

  • Miranda

    Oh, the White House Correspondents Dinner is Sat night? Y’all down for a live chat?

    • GN

      Yes dot com.

    • Ebogan63

      YEP!

    • GreenLadyHere

      miranda – - – -***fist bump**** 2 da YES! :>)

    • lamh35

      I never watch these things live, but I do follow on twitter, so hell yeah to chatroom, I’ll lock down the twitter feed…lol

      • Miranda

        We need to come up with some cool hashtags for the night.

        • conlakappa

          Will Trump by there? Jon Hamm gave the funniest account of last year–he said he and Zach Gallifinakis were one table over from Trump and laughing so hard at the President’s takedown that he finally, between breaths, asked Zach if it was rude to be laughing so hard essentially in the guy’s face, to which Zach laughed, “no!” and they returned to howling.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Heck yeah!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – — -MR. PRESIDENT annnd – -the YOUTH :>) – — -GOOD NEWS – -

    – —Obama Bouncing Back, Widens Lead Over Mitt Romney Among Millennials, Harvard Poll Finds

    – - –President beginning to reconnect with and recapture support of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds as plurality of Millennials now predict Obama re-election

    — – - – - --A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds President Barack Obama has widened the gap between likely general election opponent Mitt Romney and himself. Obama now leads Romney by a seventeen point margin, a gain of six percentage points over the eleven-point lead the President held in late November IOP polling.

    - -The IOP’s newest poll results – its 21st major release since 2000 – also show a plurality of Millennials now predict the President will win re-election in November (43%: win; 27%: lose), a reversal from four months ago when a greater proportion of 18- to 29-year-olds believed he would lose than win (36%: lose; 30%: win). A detailed report on the poll’s findings is available on the Institute’s homepage at http://www.iop.harvard.edu.
    THERE IS MORE.

    OF COURSE – - –I am suspicious of the — polling – -4 MONTHS AGO.

    • conlakappa

      I just want to be sure they turn up to vote and do not take it for grsnted. As for his reconnection, it was never gone.

      • GreenLadyHere

        conlakappa – - – -When these data were presented, it wa stated that there was an expectation of a lower voter turn out[45%] than there was in 2008.

        Howeva – - – -the students were expected 2 do the groundwork at a high level.

        REV. AL mentioned the 45% this afternoon. Sooo looks like we gon hafta – -wait annnd C.

        THEY were certainly ENERGIZED on the campuses 2-day. :>)

        Good on – -MR. PRESIDENT. :>)

        • conlakappa

          ::whispers while eyes dsrt from side to side::

          Disqus gave me notice of this comment. I just want those kids to not get lazy and presumptuous. I want to see them in the numbers I saw them in 2008.

          • GreenLadyHere

            conlakappa – - – ***fist bump** – - -Me 2. :>)

            Hope that MR. PRESIDENT plans a

            “COMMENCEMENT BLITZ” – - -usin’ his CABINET. – :>)

            THAT was a good strategy. :>)

            Oh! – — -Yaaaa DISQUS! :>)

  • Miranda

    OK, I was reading a column on that silly Megyn Kelly having a discussion on whether PBO should go on Jimmy Fallon (seriously) on Mediaite…and happened to see this:
    President Obama’s Video Message Booed At Boston’s Fenway Park
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/president-obamas-video-message-booed-at-bostons-fenway-park/

    now, there is no video…the proof of this booing are some tweets from Romney’s chief advisor and 2 sportswriters.

    So I wonder “why haven’t I heard about this, no one mentioned this on POU…interesting”…so I google up “Obama, Fenway Park, Boo” – and – well I won’t tell, y’all try it and see what you get. See if you can find one video of this – I mean, its only major league baseball game between the Red Sox and the Yankees…couldn’t possibly be video of this right? audio? nope….and other than FoxNews who carried the same mediaite sources – what other news network picked up on this? The AP didn’t get it? Reuters?

    SMH…….this is just pathetic. This is the best Romney’s camp can do? To play Lil Rascals tricks like this?

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      I googled and the only video I found was suspect as hail. It was blurred and the audio was horrible. All you could hear was some asshole saying, “Go back to Kenya! Go eat a dog!” and that’s it. (I won’t post it here just in case Mediaite’s people are lurking and try to use it as “proof”) One of the tweeters is a writer for ESPN Boston. You mean to tell me ESPN doesn’t have video? C’mon, son!

      Once again, Mediaite failed.

      • Miranda

        THANK YOU! EVERY major league sporting event has complete video and audio available! But the proof they used to run with that is a tweet from Romney’s chief advisor and 2 sportswriters? And look at the sites that ran with it – right wing nuttery central. They’ll repeat this as a story that the “liberal media” ignored – just watch their sychophants tout that talking point on this made up bullshit.

  • MonieTalks

    But I thought Republicans told us that privatizing traditional government services is the righteous American patriotic way…we should let the free market work and run “cesspools” of prisons? AG Holder and the JD is working yall..

    Firm Leaves Miss. After Its Prison Is Called ‘Cesspool’
    by John Burnett

    One month after a federal court ordered sweeping changes at a troubled juvenile prison in rural Mississippi, the private company managing the prison has announced it is pulling out of the state. A report by the Justice Department describes “systemic, egregious and dangerous practices” at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility.

    As those words imply, the official report is scathing.

    Federal Judge Carlton Reeves wrote that the youth prison “has allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate, the sum of which places the offenders at substantial ongoing risk.”

    Walnut Grove, located an hour’s drive east of Jackson, is a 1,450-bed prison that houses inmates ages 13 to 22 who are minors convicted as adults. It is run by GEO Group of Boca Raton, Fla., the nation’s second-largest for-profit prison corporation, which posted a profit of $284 million last year. The Mississippi Department of Corrections pays GEO to manage the prison.

    read more: http://www.npr.org/2012/04/24/151276620/firm-leaves-miss-after-its-prison-is-called-cesspool

    • Miranda

      Completely disgusting. I hope criminal charges can be filed against these monsters.

  • MonieTalks

    There should be protest and rioting in the streets….

    Fla. senator: Scott budget veto ‘allows poor black farmworkers to die’
    By Ashley Lopez | 04.20.12 | 7:01 am

    State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, says he is “shocked and surprised” that Gov. Rick Scott cut funding for a community health center in Apopka that would have gone toward providing specialized care to a community of farmworkers facing serious illnesses due to pesticide use.

    Siplin has been term-limited this year and has run out of time to fight for this project, a priority of his.

    Apopka, a community outside of Orlando, has been facing a health crisis that has caught the attention of researchers, health providers and policymakers. The community has a large population of seasonal farm workers and minorities.

    ….Siplin says he was “shocked and surprised the governor would cut money that would save people’s lives.”

    “I thought he was a Christian. I thought he cared about people’s lives,” he says.

    According to Siplin, he spoke with Scott’s chief of staff about the project — and had even recently spoken to Scott. But it wasn’t enough to stop the item from being slashed from the budget.

    “He did what he did,” Siplin says. “He kept money for soccer and other questionable things, but he allows poor black farmworkers to die.”
    read more: http://floridaindependent.com/75448/rick-scott-budget-veto-apopka-gary-siplin

    • Miranda

      Folks, please tweet this to media folks, Roland, MLH, and everybody else – even Crabis and Corny.

    • nellcote

      I try not to use clinical terms to describe politicians but Scott is really turning out to be quite the sociopath. The harm he’s doing to Florida is going to be felt for decades.

      He’s cut all computer classes to give money to football at the University of Florida for fuck’s sake!

      • rikyrah

        but, he was an ACTUAL CRIMINAL and they voted him in..

        W-T-F did they think he was gonna do?

        • conlakappa

          Right? The snake never could hide his scales or his slither.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – –MORE EVIDENCE – –The IMPORTANCE of the Affordable Care Act: – —

    – — California’s working poor would lose a lot if the Affordable Care Act dies – –

    – — David Lazarus has a piece in today’s L.A. Times that, like one of his previous columns, points out that it’s the working poor (among others) in my home state of California who would be hurt if the Supreme Court were to throw out the Affordable Care Act.

    At stake is what’s known as a Basic Health Plan [that State Sen. Ed Hernandez (D) authored]. This is a system provided for by the reform law, fully funded by the federal government, that would extend coverage to people who may not be able to afford conventional insurance policies but don’t qualify for Medi-Cal.

    – – - – -SKIP – — -

    Lazarus goes on to say that we don’t hear critics of the ACA mention that the president’s plan helps to insure millions who need coverage. They’d rather focus on the individual mandate, the one that requires insurers to “provide coverage to everyone, regardless of medical condition.”

    If more people buy insurance, then more Americans benefit. All for one and one for all! Or as conservatives like to call them, lazy good-for-nothings who would rather lounge around the house and sponge off others.
    THERE IS MORE.

    PRAYIN’ 4 the SUPPORT of the ACA. AMEN.

    • nellcote

      Lazarus is a good economics writer that doesn’t get mentioned enough. Probably more of that east coast bias. He used to write for the SF Chronicle.

      In other ACA news, our small town health clinic just got a 3M grant to expand the facility/service. We got another grant from the ACA a couple of yeats ago to digitize files and install solar panels. Yay for us!

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY nellcote. ***fist bump*** – —Yaaaaaa – –4 U!! :>)

        Joinin’ U with JOY. – – -A little town near me – - –RECEIVED a GRANT annnd it has BUILT a MEDIUM -SIZE HEALTH CLINIC.!! – - —

        The income of that community is LOW to MIDDLE. School

        children R HEALTHIER!! – -Woo! Hoo!

  • MonieTalks

    PUNK ASS BITCHES…Gov Jan Brewer and other Republicans in Congress have raised money, sued the federal govt, and stoked the ugliness in politics over the Arizona immigration law and yet they won’t show up for a Senate hearing….

    Arizona immigration law hearing a one-sided debate
    SB 1070 supporters boycotted D.C. event

    WASHINGTON – A Senate hearing on Arizona’s controversial immigration law was an overwhelmingly one-sided debate Tuesday as Republican senators and most high-profile Arizona supporters of the statute boycotted the event.

    That left former Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce alone to defend Senate Bill 1070, which he championed. The hearing was held the day before the U.S. Supreme Court will hear legal arguments over Arizona’s law.

    Pearce said he was surprised that neither Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., nor John Cornyn, R-Texas, came to the hearing to defend the law. Both Kyl and Cornyn serve on the panel that held the hearing, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security.

    “I didn’t get a phone call (from the two senators),” Pearce said. “Yes, I was disappointed. It’s not just about supporting me, it’s about supporting Arizona.”

    But Kyl, in a written statement released shortly before the hearing began, said he would not attend because he considered it “strictly political theater” directed by Democrats.

    “If you support the law and enforce the law, why aren’t you willing to come here and defend it?” Schumer said. “I’ll say this for Mr. Pearce: at least you have the integrity to come here.”

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/2012/04/24/20120424arizona-immigration-law-hearing-one-sided-debate.html#ixzz1szuXJGWz

  • GN

    Romney’s shift on student loans

    Mitt Romney generated quite few headlines Monday when he voiced support for keeping federal student loan interest rates from going up – a position that puts him at odds with Republicans in Congress, and maneuvers him closer to the political center for the general election.

    It’s also a stance that appears to clash with some of Romney’s rhetoric on the campaign trail during the Republican primary. A source flagged this video (below) of Romney during a Feb. 29 campaign stop in Ohio, answering a law student’s question about what he would do to help people address loans for education.

    But, Romney said, “that’s just not going to happen,” and he proceeded to argue that it’s not a good thing to have government too involved in student loans.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/04/romneys-shift-on-student-loans-121510.html

    This man has no core, no substance, just blind ambition and a willingness to “say anything.” Even politico is calling this guy out.

    • Miranda

      PBO is going to really hurt him in the debates. Its going to be epic.

      • conlakappa

        He will just deny that he said stuff and harden that vacant look.

    • GreenLadyHere

      GN —He would sell his mama 4 – —__________.[fill in the blank.]

      CHEAP! – —Talk about – - -HOLLOW SUIT!! —geesh!!

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – - -PREVIEW!! – –of COMING – - -ATTRACTION – - -MR. PRESIDENT!! – - –:>) – - – -

    – - – -Obama ‘slow jams the news’ on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ – –

    – — – -Add this to the list of ways the President of the United States woos young voters in an election-year: He slow jams the news.

    Obama, appearing on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” show, joined the comedy host in a popular feature of his program.

    WATCH A PREVIEW FOR THE SPECIAL EPISODE OF ‘LATE NIGHT’ HERE: – - -

    – - – -FIRED UP!! – - –GOTV – -2012!! – - -:>) – -4 MORE YEARS!!! – - –Woo! Hoo!

  • GN

    Michelle Obama: ‘Stay away from the haters’

    First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday urged a group of young girls to “stay away from the haters.”

    “There’s always going to be haters out there. Don’t focus on that,” she said. “Put the negative things aside, because that’s always going to be there.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/223453-michelle-obama-stay-away-from-the-haters?utm_campaign=briefingroom&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterfeed

    She’s one thousand percent correct!

    • itgurl_29

      Basically, FLOTUS said the classy version of this.

      NSFW

      • rikyrah

        LOL

    • lamh35

      FOX NEWS HEADLINE: “Michelle Obama talking that hippity hop gangsta language”

      • conlakappa

        “Incites race riot!!! Clearly she is talking about the Romneys… and their religion!!!”

    • GreenLadyHere

      GN – - — – –***BIG HUG** — 2 FIRST LADY!! – :>) -

      SADLY —THEY have EXPERIENCED ENUFF of — ‘EM!! — :>) – -

      BUT as she said – - -Don’t focus on that,” . . .- —

      THEY have ALSO EXPERIENCED the L♥VE of —MILLIONS of

      PEOPLE – –WORLD WIDE. – –:>)

      – - –PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD – –ON the “OBAMA L♥VE TRAIN” – — Wooo! Hoo! :>) – –BLESS U. :>)

  • GN

    Military Turns From Paul to Obama In March

    As we pointed out earlier today, Barack Obama’s top donors are largely from the legal industry, while Mitt Romney’s are from finance. Until recently, the military has been a stalwart source of support for Republican hopeful Ron Paul.

    But in March, it was Obama that scooped up the most support from the armed forces — about twice as much as Paul, in fact. Romney remains an also-ran when it comes to backing from the military.

    http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2012/04/military-turns-from-paul-to-obama-i.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    • Aquagranny911

      About damn time!

      The military should definitely be buttering their bread with Obama/Biden 2012!

      No other prez, viceprez or their wives have done more for the military in my life time. Mostly, past administrations treat the military like disposable tissue…. use, abuse & throw away!

      PBO has treated our military with the greatest respect. Michelle & Jill have done a great service to our military families who are often ignored. PBO has worked to get jobs for returning vets. He has also been front & center to help the wounded get the care they need.

      Under Bush, who did not give a flying rotten fig, you in the military did multiple deployments. So what you got wounded, went crazy, If you could no longer hold that rifle no body gave a small piece of caca if VA hospitals were disgusting sewers & you got totally inadequate care.

      WAKE UP!!!

  • MonieTalks

    Catholic church’s crackdown on poverty-fighting nuns all about dogma

    The Vatican, in its infinite wisdom, has spoken: American nuns, out there on the front lines helping the sick and suffering, are spending way too much time fighting poverty and economic injustice, and not enough time agitating against abortion and gay marriage. Instead, they should just do what the bishops tell them to.

    It even assigned an archbishop to knock all the wayward sisters back in line. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the most prominent U.S. Catholic nuns’ group, said it was “stunned” by the crackdown. But it shouldn’t be. This isn’t about faith. It’s about dogma and it’s about politics.

    Problem is, American nuns have become too educated. They now lead their schools, hospitals and charities. They minister to people on the margins of society, those who are discriminated against. And they recognize the church hierarchy for what it is: woefully out of touch, hypocritical and determined to stifle any dissent about the priorities of the male leadership.

    How else could it publicly castigate legions of hardworking nuns for being “silent” on abortion and homosexuality, while quietly harboring the miscreant priests who abuse children?

    This isn’t just about the bishops’ fear of losing power, though. There’s also political payback here. The Vatican clamp-down comes right after the battle over elements of President Obama’s health care law, which publicly pitted some nuns against the bishops. Both initially opposed the mandate that even religiously affiliated employers offer birth control coverage. Yet unlike the bishops, the most influential group of American nuns was willing to accept Obama’s compromise, which required only insurance companies — and not religious institutions — to offer it.

    read more: http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2012/04/catholic_churchs_crackdown_on.html

    • nellcote

      All that hysteria about sharia law taking over, well I’m deeply pissed that the Vatican thinks it can write the laws in this country.

      • Aquagranny911

        FU to the Vatican!

        My money is on the American Nuns who are neither impressed or intimidated by the BS from Vatican or the bishops who hid their sex offender priests by sending them to minority communities.

        “I’m deeply pissed….” not only that the Vatican thinks they can influence laws in the US anymore but also that they think they can silence 55,000 very strong, very hard working & very militant women!

        • rikyrah

          My money is on the nuns, too.

  • GreenLadyHere

    mirsanda – - -OooouuuuuuuCH! – — —

    – –Quote of the Morning – –

    – - —- “I think it’s that program, just updated.” Alexandra Franceschi, Specialty Media Press Secretary of the Republican National Committee

    Francheschi was responding to a question about whether the RNC economic platform would essentially be the George W. Bush economic platform.

    If voters elect Mitt Romney, we’re seriously effing doomed.

    – - – - – -LOL! geesh! – - -

    • nellcote

      That’s the question I want Rmoney to answer, “Specifically how will your policies differ from GW Bush’s?”

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL. – - – -Actually – - — -I wonder IFF he has STUDIED GW.

        - – -I think that he is – -runnin’ off – –WHAT he USTA DO – -ALBEIT an – -EPIC FAIL!! –

        —annnnd soma the GOP “talking points”!! – –

        Sooo – –THEY WILL NOT DIFFER. BUT – –I ‘ON’T THINK that he can ADDRESS that. LOL – —

        BEYOND STOOPID!! – — geesh.

        • conlakappa

          He will claim to not know Bush’s record. Watch.

          • GreenLadyHere

            conlakappa – - – -YA MEAN – –as in -

            – FLIP[YES I do.] – — – -FLOP [No I don't] – -LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – - -Guess THIS is a – –“KEEP HOPE ALIVE” Moment! -:>) – - –

    – - –Wait! Ron Paul Won Iowa and Minnesota Primaries? – -

    – — – -If I didn’t know better, I’d think that Republicans are completely FUBARing their primaries to prove their contention that government is not the answer. But I think the truth of it is that Republicans are so fundamentally incompetent in running efficient systems that they’re not capable of not messing up.

    After hemming and hawing and literally designating at different times three of the then four Republican primary candidates the winner, it looks like Ron Paul has won both the Minnesota primary and the Iowa caucus away from presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.

    Et tu, Paul?

    The Texas congressman took 20 out of 24 of the delegates from the Minnesota Congressional Districts, RNC committeewoman Pat Anderson tweeted. Those delegates will go on to the state convention, scheduled to be held May 18-19, where the final 13 delegates representing Minnesota at the GOP convention will be chosen.

    The news was ignored by the mainstream media, including the Associated Press, which estimated the delegate breakdown would go 17 Santorum, 10 Paul, and 6 Romney. Tweet from Minnesota’s RNC National Committeewoman announcing Ron Paul’s win.
    THERE IS MORE. – - — LOL

    • conlakappa

      On my way home later than usual this evening I saw a Paul supporter van. It looked like what one would expect: white, paneled, with stuff piled up on the seats (think a rolling edition of Horders). Ron Paul was painted across the windows and it had a Paul bumper sticker. /shudders

      • GreenLadyHere

        conlakappa – —LOL. — He needs all this ‘CAUSE after he doesn’t get nominated – — –

        — -HE will have his – — MEMORIES. – — LOL

        [Saaaaang Ms. Gladys] :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – —LOL – - – -TELL ‘em MR. PRESIDENT!! LOL – —

    – —Obama Blames ‘Knuckleheads’ for Scandal at Secret Service
    3 more agents are out of jobs
    – - — –

    – - – - -President Obama tried to defuse the Secret Service scandal a bit during an interview with Jimmy Fallon that airs tonight, reports USA Today. The agents on the whole are “incredible,” said Obama. “They protect me, they protect our girls. A couple of knuckleheads shouldn’t detract from what they do. What they were thinking, I don’t know. That’s why they’re not there anymore.”

    Along those lines, three more agents involved in the Colombian scandal lost their jobs today, reports the Washington Post. Two resigned and another lost his security clearance, which disqualifies him from the Secret Service (pending appeal) but not necessarily from work at another federal agency.
    THERE IS MORE.

    LOL- – -MR. PRESIDENT – - –KEEPIN’ IT REAL! :>) LOL

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    I posted about this case a couple of weeks ago. Famed attorney Willie Gary might be getting involved. I also read that Nazi material was found in the shooter’s house.

    Nationally-ranked attorney could help in Jasmine Thar shooting case

    Posted: Apr 24, 2012 3:59 PM EDT Updated: Apr 24, 2012 4:29 PM EDT
    By: WECT Staff – email

    COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Parents of a teen from Charlotte that was shot and killed at the end 2011 in Columbus County will hold a press conference in Whiteville Wednesday afternoon.

    Jasmine Thar, 16, died from a bullet wound after being shot in a family member’s yard in December 2011. She was getting ready for a shopping trip to Myrtle Beach. Two others were injured by the same bullet.

    A 23-year-old man who was in the house across the street admits he accidentally fired the gun when he was trying to clean it. He has not been charged.

    Thar’s mother said Willie Gary, an attorney Forbes Magazine has listed as one of the top 50 attorneys in the country, could be getting involved in the case. He is known to take down corporate giants on behalf of his clients.

    MORE: http://www.wect.com/story/17687757/nationally-ranked-attorney-could-help-in-jasmine-thar-shooting-case

    • Miranda

      Go git’em Willie!

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    And who told this simple little girl that this was hot??

    Confederate flag prom dress keeps TN student from celebration

    Gibson County High School senior Texanna Edwards was — like many of her classmates — looking forward to her prom last Saturday.

    But Edwards didn’t get to attend because of her attire — a knee-length red dress decorated with bright blue stripes and white stars inside the stripes. The school’s colors are red, white and blue, but the dress resembles the controversial Confederate battle flag.

    Edwards, 18, said she wasn’t allowed inside the prom after school officials told her the Confederate flag prom dress was “offensive and inappropriate.”

    “We asked why they thought that, but they kept saying the same thing over and over,” she said Monday. “We kept asking people walking inside — black and white — and everyone said they loved it. Two black women even went off on the principal. They were upset with the principal. No one was upset with me.”

    MORE: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20120424/NEWS21/304240032/Confederate-flag-prom-dress-keeps-TN-student-from-celebration

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      So gone at this comment:

      That dress was on sale at the KKK-Mart.

    • Miranda

      “Texanna”…..if anyone should be wearing a dress of the stars and bars…its a Texanna LOLOL

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      “Texanna” huh? Yeah, like I didn’t here any banjos played reading that name.

    • rikyrah

      UH HUH

    • conlakappa

      Two black women went off… at a prom… defending a rebel flag dress. I need to see footsge of what reads on its face as a lie.

      • Admiral_Komack

        (Spock voice)

        “Bullshit detected, Captain.”

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    YAAAAAAASSSSSSS!

    Season 3 of “Pretty Little Liars” premieres June 5th and ABC Family renewed “The Lying Game” for a second season and will premiere in Winter 2012!

    • rikyrah

      YEAH YEAH YEAH

      did we ever talk about the reveal of ‘A’?

  • lamh35

    Obama On Student Debt: Michelle And I ‘Got Poorer Together’

    “I didn’t just get a policy briefing on this,” Obama said. “Michelle and I, we’ve been in your shoes. Like I said, we didn’t come from wealthy families. So when we graduated from college and law school we had a mountain debt. When we married, we got poorer together.”

    Check this out, all right. I’m the president of the United States. We only finished paying off our student loans off about eight years ago. That wasn’t that long ago. And that wasn’t easy especially because when we had our kids we were supposed to be saving up for their college education and we’re still paying off our college education.

  • lamh35

    Obama Rips Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) For Student Loan Comments

    “She said she had ‘very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt because there’s no reason for that.’ I’m just quoting here,” Obama said. “The students who rack up student loan debt are just ‘sitting on their butts having opportunity dumped in your lap.’ I’m reading it here. I didn’t make this up.”

    He continued: “Now, can you imagine saying something like that? Those of you who’ve had to take out student loans, you didn’t do it because you’re lazy. You didn’t do it lightly. You don’t like debt. A lot of you, your parents are helping out, but it’s tough on them. They’re straining. And so you do it because the cost of college keeps going up and you know there’s an investment in your future.”

    • rikyrah

      go, MR. PRESIDENT.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - –MR. PRESIDENT IN NORTH CAROLINA :>) – — -Woo! Hoo! – - -

    – — – -Pres. Obama Discusses Student Loan Interest Rates – - – -

    – - – -Following up on his announcement last week urging Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from rising this summer, President Obama travels to North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa to discuss the issues with college students.

    According to the White House, more than 7.4 million students with federal loans will see interest rates double on July 1st without Congressional action. The student interest rate would double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.

    Today, the President spoke at the University of North Carolina and will speak later at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

    – - – -HE WAS IN SUCH – -RARE – - ELECTRIC – -FORM!! :>) – -

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! – - -ON POINT! – - – -ENERGIZING!! – - — INTELLECTUAL!! – - – -

    – - -YES! – - -WE R SOooooo PROUD THAT U R OUR PRESIDENT!! – — BLESS U. :>)

  • lamh35

    So what will the FoxNews “paraphrased” headlines be for this one?

    BTW, Obama will be on Jimmy Fallon tonight.

    Obama On Romney: ‘We’re Not Friends’

    Filming “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday, President Obama said of his relationship with Mitt Romney: ”I’ve met him, but we’re not friends. His wife is lovely.” Romney, Obama said, “seems like somebody who cares about his family.”

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – – -LOL. – - -MURDOCH WATCH!! – - – -

    Annnd the BEAT – -DOWN –GOES ON – — —

    – - -Murdochs Testify Again on British Phone Hacking Investigation – - -

    – — – -James Murdoch, son of News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch testified before a British panel to answer questions on his knowledge of phone hacking practices at the now defunct British tabloid, News of the World, which is at the center of the phone hacking scandal.

    He answered questions about his management practices at News International and described his meetings and conversations with politicians as “legitimate advocacy”. Later, the former News International executive discussed at length the circumstances surrounding News Corporation’s bid on British Sky Broadcasting and lessons learned from the phone hacking scandal.

    – -In February, James Murdoch stepped down as Chief Executive of News of the World – the British tabloid at the center of the phone hacking investigation.

    Last November, James Murdoch testified for a second time before a British parliamentary committee over the phone hacking investigation — insisting that he wasn’t told and had no prior knowledge of widespread phone hacking at News of the World.

    – - -,b>THIS – - – ->He first testified in July 2011, making the same claim – however, since that time, new evidence has been made public contradicting his original statement. Rupert Murdoch also testified during the July hearing. – - – - -

    – - -Psssssst — -James: – - – -U GOIN’ DOWN!! – –

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - – -THIS – - -EVIL/VILE —PIECE of – - -DINOSAUR – -DUNG!! – - —-

    – - — Florida Governor Rick Scott Vetos $1.5 Million For Rape Crisis Centers During Sexual Assault Awareness Month – — -

    – - – -Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) is commemorating Sexual Assault Awareness Month by vetoing a budget line item of $1.5 million passed by the legislature to fund 30 rape crisis centers around the state.

    Scott spokesman Lane Wright told The Huffington Post that the governor vetoed the item because funding already exists for statewide sexual violence programs. As evidence, Wright pointed towards the state’s $6.5 million budget for rape prevention and sexual assault services and an additional $29 million allocated for domestic violence programs. – - – –HE LIED!! – -

    But according to the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, much of the available funding that currently exists is spent on education and prevention, and not for the funding of crisis centers and the victims they serve. The group’s Executive Director Jennifer Dritt disputed Governor Scott’s claim that he was never given specific reasons why the additional funding was required:

    – - — C’MON – –KARMA!! – - – -

  • GreenLadyHere

    – - -17[out of 80] DEMOCRATIC LEADERS HAVE LEFT ALEC!! — -

    Annnd the EXODUS is TRENDING UP!! :>) Wooo! Hoo!!

  • Miranda

    Newt still saying he’s going all the way to Tampa! He’s not dropping out!

    • conlakappa

      He does know that spring break season is over, right?

  • Miranda
  • Miranda

    Who are these “urban children” Mitt referred too?

    • rikyrah

      ‘urban children’.

      sigh….

      sigh…

      sigh..

  • rikyrah

    Romney’s shift on student loans

    By ALEXANDER BURNS |
    4/24/12 4:22 PM EDT

    Mitt Romney generated quite few headlines Monday when he voiced support for keeping federal student loan interest rates from going up – a position that puts him at odds with Republicans in Congress, and maneuvers him closer to the political center for the general election.

    It’s also a stance that appears to clash with some of Romney’s rhetoric on the campaign trail during the Republican primary. A source flagged this video (below) of Romney during a Feb. 29 campaign stop in Ohio, answering a law student’s question about what he would do to help people address loans for education.

    “I just started law school and they’re doing away with un-subsidized loans for grad students, which makes it almost impossible to pay off our debts, have a car, have a house, have a family before we retire. What are you going to do for people like me?” the young woman asked.

    Romney began his answer by saying that he wished he “could tell you that there’s a place to find really cheap money, or free money, and we could pay for everyone’s education.

    But, Romney said, “that’s just not going to happen,” and he proceeded to argue that it’s not a good thing to have government too involved in student loans.

    “Now that the government’s taking over the student loan business, I think you’ll get less competition. I’d rather have more competition, with private lenders as well as government lenders,” Romney said. “The right course for America is for businesses and universities and colleges to compete, and for us to make sure that we provide loans to the extent we possibly can at an interest rate that doesn’t have the taxpayers having to subsidize people who want to go to school.”

    Going a step further, Romney told the Ohio crowd that he wants loans to be accessible to people, but that if voters want somebody who “will be some who get up in a setting like this and talk about how they’re going to give you a bunch of government money … that’s not who I am.”

    While Romney didn’t specifically address the issue of interest rates on federal student loans, his repeated insistence on not handing out more government money to pay for college – and skepticism about government involvement in lending – would seem at odds with the policy stance he announced Monday.

    I asked a Romney campaign official to explain the difference; the official repeatedly declined to do so on the record, and asserted that Romney had been “addressing proposals to completely forgive student loan debt” when he spoke in Ohio. I pointed out that there was no reference to complete loan forgiveness in the question or in Romney’s remarks, and got no response.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/04/romneys-shift-on-student-loans-121510.html

  • rikyrah

    Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 04/24/2012
    Mitt Romney and flip-flop fatigue
    By Greg Sargent

    A couple months ago, during the GOP primary, I speculated that Mitt Romney was benefitting from a phenomenon you might call “flip-flop fatigue.” The crush of equivocations, reversals and rhetorical contortions has gotten so relentless and ubiquitous that people had grown too exhausted to bother tracking or objecting to them anymore.

    In the context of the general election, this has only grown more pronounced. If anyone thought conservatives, or neutral commentators, would hold Romney to the positions he professed to hold during the primary — and wouldn’t let him pivot towards middle in the general election — the early signs are that he will be granted all the maneuvering room he’ll need.

    In the last few days, Romney has signaled that he is Etch-A-Sketching away his previous positions on immigration and on student loans. Romney has now hinted that he’s open to supporting Marco Rubio’s DREAM Act. If Romney embraces Rubio’s approach, as seems likely, will he pay any price from the right? Romney’s own immigration adviser, Kris Kobach, has said any such measure would also have to include self-deportation to be acceptable to conservative hard-liners. But now Kobach is already signaling that he thinks he and Rubio can coexist comfortably in Romney’s universe.

    Meanwhile, during the primary, Romney repeatedly drew a hard line against government help with student debt. But as soon as Obama launched a campaign to extend low interest rates on federally funded student loans, and signaled that he’d make it central in the presidental race, Romney supported Obama’s position. Will conservatives who previously opposed the Obama student loan measure revolt? Well, House Republicans are already finessing the issue by signaling that there may not be any significant differences between them and Romney on the issue, after all.

    Putting aside the reaction from conservatives, who have their own reasons for letting Romney’s pivoting skate, both of these turnarounds are being widely covered in the press as mere process stories, as if they’re as inevitable and unremarkable as a campaign staffing up in advance of the general.

    Call it flip-flop fatigue in reverse. First Romney flip-flopped to the right, away from previously held positions, in order to get through the primary. While some of his rivals objected, many commentators treated it as business as usual, as stuff Romney just had to say to appeal to the right wing base. And now, precisely because commentators previously decided he didn’t mean any of the stuff he said to get through the primary, few if any are holding him accountable for those positions now in any meaningful way, and he’s paying little price in the way of pundit scorn for flip-flopping right back to the center again. It was all part of the game before, and it’s all part of the game once again.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/mitt-romney-and-flip-flop-fatigue/2012/04/24/gIQArzW1eT_blog.html

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z- –

    Results for U.S. Republican Presidential Primaries
    State - Gingrich Paul Romney Santorum reporting
    04/24 DE 27.0% 10.5% 56.6% 5.9% 99%
    04/24 RI 6.1% 23.8% 63.3% 5.6% 88%
    04/24 CT 10.3% 13.7% 67.0% 7.0% 83%
    04/24 PA 10.6% 13.5% 56.3% 19.5% 40%
    04/24 NY 15.9% 15.9% 56.3% 11.8%

    – - — -ALL LOSERS!! – - - [sorry for the poor display.]

    • GN

      Seriously zzzzzzzz; but why is Santorum still getting votes and he’s dropped out? 40% of PA?

  • rikyrah

    found this in the comments section at Balloon Juice:

    aimai Says:

    I hang out a lot at a women’s site for dealing with Mother in laws and assorted crazy family. Mitt’s abiding characteristic is his…bitchiness. His comments are all passive agressive “digs” at the other person, orders and commands poorly disguised as “suggestions.” His “we” is always the royal “we.” I think that is one of the most disconcerting things about Romney’s public affect—he looks so masculine but his speech is all gratingly bitchy.

    • Miranda

      He’s JR Ewing without the southern accent.

      • conlakappa

        Give him a minute and he’ll be … wait, wasn’t he already droppin’ his g and waxin’ on about dem grits?

  • lamh35

    No #VH1Soul aint playing Wham-Everything She Wants…that’s my jam!!!!

    • Miranda

      THAT IS THE JAM.

  • rikyrah

    another good one from Balloon Juice:

    FoxinSocks Says:

    My mother and I were talking the other day and Mom pointed out Romney’s habit of putting people down and making them uncomfortable, even when he’s out and about with voters.

    Take the infamous cookie incident from last week. Romney is given a batch of cookies. A normal person would be delighted, say ‘thank you’ and maybe ask who baked them. A seasoned politician would certainly do this. But not Romney. He started in that the cookies must’ve come from 7-Eleven and jokingly accused the woman who had given him the cookies of tricking him.

    First of all, that’s just unforgiveably rude. But there’s also a power dynamic at play. He’s belittling the woman, making her feel uncomfortable, and apparently this guy is such a prick that he can’t help himself.

    • GN

      He has a keeping up with the Joneses quality to him and can’t turn it off.

    • conlakappa

      He did have that bit where he pretended women were grabbing his no-ass. The cookie insult might be an improvement.

  • GreenLadyHere

    miranda – - -O.K. – - -THIS is better: :>) – - – -

    – -Results as of Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    – - – –THIS is 4- -teh newton LEROY —–LOL.- —–

  • Camille

    Has he Romney campaign formally hired Chuck Todd as one of his media attack dogs?

    These shallow racist juvenile college drop-outs like Chuck Todd that saturate the American media as ‘political analysts” will surely be the undoing of our democracy.

    God help us!

    • conlakappa

      Having seen Chuckles D. Clown in person, I shall borrow from the esteemed Aunt Esther and say he is a fish-eyed fool. I think he can be counted among the men in DC who are perturbed by the President’s good looks and savvy. These people never advanced beyond a middle-school mentality and the President is a visual reminder thay they could never sit at the Cool Table.

  • GreenLadyHere

    HEEY SisCamille. – –U. JUST! SPEAK!! – - -

    These people never advanced beyond a middle-school mentality and the President is a visual reminder thay they could never sit at the Cool Table. – - – LOL.

    – —-Chucky teh Todd will B at the – –HATAS TABLE!! – —
    I can’t tolerate him!! YUCK – - – –chuck!!

  • lamh35

    Night POU. Off to bed gots my J.O.B. to go to in the morning. Missing NOLA though: Fats Domino – Walking To New Orleans